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Dude demands a booth...

I agree with you both. Aziza has fabulous food and ambiance in the front room. The booths have a great vibe...and i'm gonna give them a thumbs up...even in the leg room is a bit cramped.

Dec 27, 2011
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Dude demands a booth...

Hilarious! So true...but, wait, that's another website! ;)

Dec 27, 2011
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Dude demands a booth...

Great Ideas! Campton Place, Absinthe, Prospect. I have been paying close attention...and want to add, myself, that in paying close attention at Kokkari last week, Tables 9, 10 and 2 in the front room with the fireplace are fabulous and well worth requesting if making a reservation (all for two). Table 2 is a comfy booth for two in the window, and Tables 9 and 10 have cushy high backed chairs.

Dec 26, 2011
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Dude demands a booth...

Thanks for the suggestions. I think you are right about the expense of booth space ...and agree that the booths at Elite, Sam's and Tadich aren't the most comfy. I think he still may prefer them to a regular chair because they are tall and he can lean his head back on them though.

Dec 20, 2011
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Dude demands a booth...

You all rock! Great suggestions. Especially loving Bix. It does seem that most of the restaurants with booths are steak houses or chains...makes sense in that they are probably the biggest money makers to spread out their seating. Any other thoughts for local SF restaurants other than steak houses?

Dec 20, 2011
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Dude demands a booth...

Please help. My 6'4 guy's priorities for dinner out : 1.)comfy booth 2.)ambiance...as in not super bright 3.) quality food. 4.)good service. Me? I just want high quality, relatively healthy food and nice ambiance (which varies from moment to moment as to my mood, from divey to high end) He does really enjoy the comfy leather chairs and ambiance upstairs at Epic Roasthouse (though not a booth, they are cushy leather and tall enough tall enough that he can relax his head back on them.) After about 20 times out with him saying "Where's a good place with a booth"...I take it to the experts. SF Chowhounds, please give me your expertise on quality restaurants in this city with booths or high backed large cushy chairs. Thank you sooo much!

Dec 19, 2011
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Birthday Pressure: Round Table for 8-10, not Chinese.

I went and checked out a few of the places. Piperade's table is GORGEOUS! Round and with 8 large leather chairs around it. Really a beautiful spot for a special dinner. That's where I'm heading...and will hope the food and service is "on" for the eve.

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Piperade
1015 Battery St., San Francisco, CA 94111

Nov 04, 2011
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Birthday Pressure: Round Table for 8-10, not Chinese.

Thank you, I should have specified looking for a restaurant in San Francisco.

Oct 31, 2011
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Birthday Pressure: Round Table for 8-10, not Chinese.

Dreaded annual birthday dinner is on. I'd like a moderate-upscale restaurant that feels a bit special. It will be a Tuesday evening. Good quality food with entrees $18-$30 range. Ideally, full bar, but not essential. I hate larger table gatherings where you may get seated on the end and stuck talking with only 1-2 people seated beside you. I love round tables since they are more conducive to group feeling and conversation. Are there any restaurants that come to mind....that aren't Chinese??? Ideally, quality Californian, Mediterranean cuisine? For a group of fun, social 40's professionals. Thank you so much for any suggestions.

Oct 30, 2011
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Anything close to Rita's Water Ices?

Yum! Your pictures look fabulous! Looking so forward to it. Thanks for your recs and posting your pics. rnsmelody. :)

May 24, 2011
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Anything close to Rita's Water Ices?

Thank you so much! Sounds fabulous and will be making the jaunt over to try some this week! :)

May 23, 2011
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Anything close to Rita's Water Ices?

I spent some time out east years ago and frequented Rita's Water Ice one summer. I am dreaming of the lemon ice right now....or their cherry. Fine ice crystals with small chunks of fresh fruit. Anyone out there who has had Rita's, knows what its like, and has found something similar in the bay area?

May 23, 2011
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Disappointing brunch at Brenda's

I agree regarding the oil in the shrimp and grits! I was there on Dec 31st. The oil was all over the top and all I could do was try to eat around it. I believe that it was chili oil, and supposed to be somewhat liberal, but it appeared to be several tablespoons worth....WAY too much for my taste. (plus, too spicy for my taste also) I would definitely NOT order that dish again. On the other hand, the biscuits and jam were heavenly, and worth a trip back for alone!

Jan 09, 2010
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Chinese Egg Noodles in Soup: What should I have done differently?

I really appreciate all of your info! It seems pretty clear that I should definitely keep the noodles entirely separate, next time I want "noodle soup." I also realize during reading these replies that a couple of my favorite take-out Vietnamese and Chinese soups come with the noodles in a separate container from the broth. Of course! I suspect that the American version of Chicken noodle soup may be the same, its just that I usually put very few dried noodles in it (of bow tie, or thin and short egg noodle variety) where I may not have noticed the continued absorption. Yes, unfortunately, all of that delicious stock I made is now trapped into mushy noodles....learning experience for next time! :) Thanks Chowhounds!

Sep 21, 2009
sfcitygal in Home Cooking

Chinese Egg Noodles in Soup: What should I have done differently?

The noodles that I purchased don't have an obvious brand name anyplace. I don't see the word tangs, or twin marquis. I purchased them at a predominantly Vietnamese area/market in San Francisco. The package has a lot of Chinese symbols...and then in English, it is written, "Chinese Egg Noodles." Very long, thin, and folded into clear plastic bag. They definitely did not taste pre-cooked, as I sampled every 30 sec-minute of cooking, (as I didn't want to overcook...hah!), and tasted chewy dough in the process.

Sep 21, 2009
sfcitygal in Home Cooking

Chinese Egg Noodles in Soup: What should I have done differently?

I just made some fabulous stock that I was looking forward to having in some light noodle soup this week. I added some veggies, turkey and thought I would put in the package of "fresh" packaged Chinese egg noodles that I had purchased. I haven't used them in soup before, but figured they would be tasty. After initial cooking of the noodles, I turned off the stove to let all cool before placing in refrigerator. Unfortunately, an hour later, the egg noodles continued and continued and continued to absorb the stock, so that by the time it had cooled enough to put into the refrigerator, there was no longer broth...only long and very plump noodles. That has never happened before when I used dried noodles. Is it the fact that the noodles were fresh? What other Asian style noodle should I have used that wouldn't continue to absorb the stock?

Sep 20, 2009
sfcitygal in Home Cooking

Bomba rice

Saw it in Williams-Sonoma at Stonestown Mall yesterday.

Aug 26, 2009
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Prettiest and most picturesque winery?

Domaine Carneros is always lovely to visit. Its in a grandiose looking chateau, perched on a hill. It has a large terrace with ample outdoor seating and gorgeous views of rolling hills. Its particularly nice because unlike most of the wineries, where you stand at the counter for the tastings, you can sit and relax at one of the outdoor tables (they have indoor tables also, if it is chilly) and a server brings choice of flight/glass. They have a sparkling flight, a red flight, or you can order by the glass. They also have really nice cheese plates to complement each flight, caviar and smoked salmon that you can order to accompany the wine and view.

www.domainecarneros.com//index.cfm

Aug 19, 2009
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

10th Wedding anniversary- La Foile, Dining room, Acquerello or ?

I can't speak for the Ritz Dining Room,(still haven't been) but think anyone would be happy at either the La Folie or Aquerello, as far as quality of food and service goes. The food is excellent at both, but more creative at La Folie. IMO, the ambiance is a bit nicer and more memorable at Acquerello. You will have a lovely time at either. Both will be wonderful in tastes and service. (plus, all in similar neighborhood/areas) The rest of "the memory," will be what you make of it. :)

Aug 16, 2009
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA

Thank you! Yes, it is Sudestada!

Also, wanted to add a bit more restaurant info that I experienced during my month-long stay of eating out daily! (and pound gainage! :)

La Cabrera: I read and heard wonderful things regarding this restaurant. Because it was open for lunch, I saved it for my "last meal" before hopping on the plane in the late afternoon. Big mistake. One of my WORST meals in BA, and I don't think it was due to "building it up" in my head. The cut of beef was one of the toughest and most gristled pieces of rib-eye that I have ever eaten (I grew up in the midwest, I've eaten my share of steak!). In fact, I was a high-maintenance customer...and even went through 2 DIFFERENT pieces because though I had ordered the first one "azul"/"muy muy muy jugosa" (in hopes to get the true American steakhouse "medium rare,") it came more like medium well....AND incredibly full of gristle. Since it was my LAST meal in BA, and I really didn't want to end it on a medium well cooked steak, I requested a change. They kindly removed that one and brought another one (the server told me he had forgotten to tell them my cooking preference is why it was overdone). It was cooked a true rare-medium rare, but was primarily inedible due to a huge amount of gristle.(well over 1/2-3/4 of the piece was inedible...truly) Such a disappointing last meal in BA after all of my great food there! They do have a pre-fixe lunch special, which may be the reason the steak quality was so poor. When I asked the server if the steak served in the evening was different, he stated "no, just a larger amount." I am unsure. However, I would HIGHLY recommend avoiding it at lunchtime! One other thing to keep in mind with La Cabrera: they serve most sides with lots of mayo mixed in with them. Great if you are a mayo fan, but if not, you may be unhappy with the salad and the side dishes that come with the meals.

Don Julio-EXCELLENT meal here. Absolutely divine filet cooked beautfully (again, I stated "azul-vuelta y vuelta-muy muy muy jugosa:that translates to "blue-turn and turn-very very juicy! and it came out a beautiful rare-medium rare! ) The filet was literally double the size of anyplace that you would be served in the states (a solid 12-16 ounces-two large filet pieces side by side, in fact). We ordered a salad to share before-hand. It was fresh, delicious and large enough to feed 4 adults as a side. They mixed it for us at the table and we were able to order it with olive oil and vinegar (huge bonus in the country of mayonesa! :) The two of us also shared a side of garlic fries that were tasty, but had we have known how large the salad and meat portions would be, we would have passed on the fries...and still have had lots of beef and greens left!

Almacen Secreto-another excellent meal. Even though home-style and the entrees were stew type dishes versus large pieces of meat, all of the meat in them had a delicious smoked-parilla taste to them. Dessert highlight that was a huge hit for the entire group was by far the chocolate lava cake. The local corn and honey rice-pudding sort of dish was "interesting", but more of a "pass" by the entire group adventurous and open diners.

Some of the tastiest local cuisine that I ate was at the Feria de Mataderos. Had the best empanadas of my stay there. Also, a definite "chowhound destination" with lots of local artisan cheese, sausage, jam, dessert and dulce de leche booths of goodies to bring back home. I ate amazing sugar coated fritters filled with sweet potatoes and chocolate (see pic-yum!), choripan, etc... My favorite festival/market I went to in BA!

Aug 15, 2009
sfcitygal in Latin America & Caribbean

DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA

After spending a few days in BA, one finds that pastries, breads, meats and potatoes are everywhere, but fresh vegetables are a bit more challenging! For a change of pace from the parillas: Excellent meal last night at Mosoq in Palermo Hollywood! Great to have a change of pace after all of the delicious parillas! Pisco sours that were the real thing, followed by a teriyaki salmon and a tasty salad, loaded with avocado, shrimp and hearts of palm. Flavors used were exceptional. Contemporary local artwork, beautiful lighting and music made for great ambiance. Empty at 9:15 on Friday night, but full by 10:15.

For another change of pace from parillas, I would highly recommend Sudestra for lunch. Quality and delicous food at an excellent price. (at $8 US-for appetizer, entree and choice of beverage, including wine). Fabulous fresh herbs and vegetables what I would call Vietnamese cuisine. I chose the salad (which had a delicious light peanut vinaigrette, cilantro, tea-boiled eggs, etc..., followed by the vegetarian curry, which included tofu,crispy fried onion strings, rice and wonderful fresh ingredients with spectacular flavors..not "boring" or bland at all!) Clean, modern decor. Much more expensive for dinner. Take advantage of the awesome lunch deal!

Jul 25, 2009
sfcitygal in Latin America & Caribbean

Any DAT (Dine About Town) Reports?

Luce-lunch. Ultra-unimpressed! Definitely won't be back. I started with the salad (literally, some basic greens, not so great olive oil and fresh cranberries...no flavor at all), then a basic Vietnamese sandwich (much better at a Vietnamese restaurant, but at least the bread was toasted and this was definitely the better of the two choices for the DAT)) and then the flan. Flan was okay. My tablemates got the seared ahi. They claimed it didn't taste fresh and was overcooked; it didn't look at all appealing. Possibly their other food items that aren't on DAT are better, but I won't be back to try them.

Jun 17, 2009
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Buenos Aires 6/15-7/15 food/grocery recs

Hi lam! While online researching tasty places to try in BA, I just ran across your post...and am so excited to see it! I am a female fellow Chowhound from San Francisco who will also be traveling solo in BA for a month. Unfortunately, I don't arrive until the morning of July 9th, but there is definitely still some overlap! I will be staying nearby, in Palermo Viejo. I cant seem to figure out how to message you directly through Chowhound without reporting to all (sorry!), but I have listed my email in my Chowhound account under "blog." I have names of several places to try in BA, but obviously, no personal experience to report on yet. Hopefully, we can meet up and come up with some great reports to share!

Jun 13, 2009
sfcitygal in Latin America & Caribbean

Inexpensive health food lunch spots in and around San Francisco?

Organic, vegan and raw at Cafe Gratitude. One in the Mission and one in the Inner Sunset.

Jun 03, 2009
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area

Kitchenette report...happy, happy, happy

Finally made it to Kitchenette. Did not disappoint! On the menu today was a "freeform asparagus & la quercia prosciutto pizzettas sottocenere, spring onions, arugula $8." Ingredients were utra fresh. The crust was baked beautifully...crispy, yet a bit chewy inside. It was heaped with arugula that was dressed in olive oil, salt and possibly a touch of lemon (or possibly not!). Loved it for the most part, and in particular that it was heaped with flavorful greens, but must agree with previous posts that it would have been just as great and much more healthy with about half of the oil that the greens were dressed in. Thank goodness for the napkins in the car, as I did polish it off immediately! lol!

The chocolate brownie (and a steal in this city at 75 cents!) was absolutely divine! Incredibly dense, (suspect little flour used) and a combo of bittersweet and semi-sweet with some small chunks scattered throughout. Delish! Must say, the brownie was a perfect size. (about 2-2.5 square inches and only about 1/2 -3/4 inch thick) I'm thrilled to be able to purchase a brownie in this city that is less than half the price and less than half the size of most...because I can't help myself in eating the whole thing when its that good!

Take a jacket! Its chilly while waiting in the shade for your to go box of tastiness!

Jun 02, 2009
sfcitygal in San Francisco Bay Area